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Interdisciplinary Concentration and Certificate in Sustainable Design (ICCSD)

The Interdisciplinary Concentration and Certificate in Sustainable Design (ICCSD) was created to integrate existing sustainable design resources across the College of Design, Construction and Planning in response to broadening interest in sustainable design. The ICCSD is offered to students seeking graduate degrees in DCP.
The ICCSD allows masters students in architecture, building construction, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning, to extend their educational experience and become more proficient in one or more of the following areas: sustainable architecture, sustainable construction, sustainable interior design, sustainable landscape architecture or sustainable urban planning. Coursework of the ICCSD covers the following:

  • Preventing environmental degradation
  • Restoring already degraded environments
  • Providing healthy living environments
  • Mitigating environmental impacts of construction
  • Enhancing community environments
  • Theories of sustainable design

Course Requirements

A student must complete twelve credits from the list of approved courses + a thesis, terminal project or masters research project (MRP). To fulfill the interdisciplinary nature of the ICCSD, students must take one approved course outside their home department/school, and one outside DCP. The thesis, terminal project or masters research project must be related to sustainable design, and the topic must be approved by the Governing Board. At least one faculty member on a student’s committee must have taught at least one of the courses approved for the ICCSD. If a department or school requires a minimum of two of their own faculty on a student’s committee and neither teaches an approved ICCSD course then a third member who teaches such a course should be added to the student’s committee.

All students must maintain a minimum grade of “B” in each course in order to complete the concentration.

Students may petition the Governing Board to accept a course that is not currently on the list of approved courses. To do so a student must write a letter to the Chair of the Governing Board justifying the request and attaching a copy of the course syllabus. No petitions will be considered in the semester in which a student will graduate.

Timeline and Submittals

1. No later than the semester prior to the semester of graduation:

Submit the Application for Intent to Pursue (approved by the ICCSD Governing Board member from the student’s home department) to the ICCSD advisor at .

2. Prior to the first day of classes of the final semester:

Submit the Thesis, Terminal Project or Masters Research Project Approval (for review and approval by the ICCSD Governing Board) to the ICCSD advisor.

3. Prior to the last day of classes of the final semester:

Submit the Application for Completion to the ICCSD advisor.

Advisor and Governing Board Members by Discipline

ICCSD AdvisorPat De Jong

Architecture – Vandana Baweja
Building Construction – Robert Ries
Historic Perservation – Morris Hylton III
Interior Design – Maruja Torres
Landscape Architecture – Glenn Acomb
Urban and Regional Planning – Kathryn Frank

Physical Address:
Advisor: Interdisciplinary Concentration and Certificate in Sustainable Design
College of Design, Construction and Planning
P. O. Box 115701
Room 331 Architecture Building
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Electronic Address:
iccsd@dcp.ufl.edu